Doctoral Education Conference


Research Leadership Network (RLN) Program

The AACN Research Leadership Network (RLN) invites nursing faculty who have leadership roles facilitating research within their nursing programs to this annual breakfast workshop on advancing nursing science with cutting-edge research methods. All are welcome to attend and to explore the use of big data and its application to omics research and geospatial information systems as tools for population-based and health services research. This interactive session includes opportunities for participants to share their experiences using these methodologies in their own research, and discover collaborative opportunities using these and other research methods.

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Who Should Attend

RLN members and nursing faculty who have leadership roles facilitating research within their nursing programs.

How to Attend

The RLN Network Program will be offered as an in-person event prior to the Doctoral Education Conference.

Conference Venue

Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Drive 
Naples, FL 34103

Registration Fees

RLN Program Sandard
Ends Dec. 18
Begins Dec. 19
RLN Network Member $79 $99
AACN Member $99 $119
AACN Non-Member $199 $219


  • You may substitute your registration to another individual within your organization. This must be done by contacting the AACN Conference Department via email at
  • If a substitution is not possible, your cancellation request must be received in writing and confirmed by AACN; otherwise, it cannot be honored. The following refund arrangements will then apply:
    1. Cancellation requests received by January 4, 2024, will be refunded minus a non-refundable administrative fee:
        1. PhD Pre-Conference: $90
        2. Faculty Practice Pre-Conference: $90
        3. Research Leadership Network (RLN) Program: $30
    2. No refunds will be given after January 4, 2024, nor will refunds be given for no-shows.
    3. No-show registrations with an open balance will be charged the non-refundable administrative fee as outlined above after the event.
  • Your cancellation request must be submitted in writing to and confirmed by AACN.

Please note: AACN will issue refunds within a 2-week time period of receipt of written cancellation notice.

Event Cancellation by AACN

AACN reserves the right to modify, postpone/reschedule or cancel this conference and any related group activity for any circumstance beyond AACN's control, including but not limited to emergency, acts of God, government regulations, disaster, strike, and non-fulfilment of minimum group requirements. If AACN cancels an event, every attempt will be made to reschedule or provide a modified virtual offering, and registration fees will be applied to the rescheduled/virtual event. If a cancelled event cannot be rescheduled, AACN will issue a full refund of the registration fee(s). Any travel, lodging, or incidental expenses incurred related to a cancelled/postponed event cannot be refunded under any circumstances as AACN resumes no responsibility for such expenses.

Call for Abstracts

AACN invites abstracts addressing the conference theme, representing excellence in nursing scholarship.

Deadline: September 29, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET

The abstract submission topics should characterize the conference theme:
"Strategies Used to Engage New Researchers and Provide Guidance as They Begin Their Trajectory of Research"

General Information:

  • Abstracts will be presented in poster format only.
  • The primary author will be the point of contact for all communication with AACN.
  • Primary authors on all accepted abstracts must present in-person in Lake Buena Vista, FL and register for in-person attendance for the conference.

Submit an Abstract


The 2024 RLN Program will focus on best practices to facilitate Equity in Research. We sought out abstracts that specifically address emerging strategies used to foster and mentor growth in research amongst nursing leaders. Our session will feature a series of speakers followed by interactive small group workshops.

At the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe successful research mentoring programs

  2. Engage new researchers & provide guidance as they begin their trajectory of research

  3. Implement lessons learned from current research mentoring programs

Questions about this conference session?

Contact AACN Membership Assistant Peri Beckerman at

Phone: 202-463-6930   |